I am so unbelievably excited to be a part of the UNHINGED Blog Tour and to have as my very special guest today on the blog my favorite character from this series… Morpheus.
While I absolutely adore Alyssa and Jeb, there’s just something so appealing about the Moth. Just check him out on his very own Pinterest board if you don’t believe me. Go ahead, I’ll wait.
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Well, that took you long enough. But I totally understand. Those are some pretty wicked awesome pics. Anyway…
Morpheus is here today to share his wisdom on the “DOs and DON’Ts of Entertaining Netherlings.” These seven tips are essential if you’re planning on hosting your very own gathering. Things can go awry rather quickly if you have a misstep, so if I were you I’d pay very close attention to his advice.
I am also super thrilled that author A.G. Howard briefly stopped by to introduce him and talk about the next stop on tour. If I were responsible for making the introductions I think I would have been too tongue-tied. As much as I absolutely adore Moth, he can be a bit intimidating. But as he owes his very existence to her I think he’ll be on his best behavior… at least I hope so.
Maybe I should have asked Alyssa to introduce him….
As I shouldn’t dilly dally – I don’t believe Morpheus likes to be kept waiting – I will just quickly mention that there are some amazing giveaway prizes being offered with this tour. Just enter in the Rafflecopter further down in this post.
And for some additional giveaways, be sure to check out the tour schedule. Direct links to all previous stops on tour are included below.
If you haven’t had the chance to dive into this amazing series quite yet, what are you waiting for? The first book in the series is available now, as is an eNovella which will give you a peek at the world from Jeb and Morpheus’ POVs.
But for now, let me turn the blog over to A.G. Howard and Morpheus – both of whom are much, much, much more interesting than I am.
Welcome to stop #11…
Today, Wonderland’s Wisdom Keeper is here to provide some unique insights into the likes and dislikes of netherlings. He asked that we dim the lights since he’s here without any magical camouflage in place. We can’t have him startling the humans who don’t believe in fairies, after all…
Morpheus, you have the floor.
*tips hat* Thank you, luv.
First, we’ll review the origins of Halloween with this mildly accurate, albeit humancentric, three-minute video that Alyssa batted her blue eyes and convinced me to share. *sighs* To think I’m the one accused of being manipulative and using my charms to get my way. Once the video is over, if you’re still awake, I’ll share the dos and don’ts of entertaining netherlings.
In fact, there’s no doubt many of you have entertained netherlings at your Halloween events one time or another without even realizing it. There’s also no doubt you’ve committed some social faux pas through your ignorance. I’m here to assure that never happens again.
*shakes out wings* I offer you, the Dos and Don’ts of entertaining netherlings:
DON’T have bubbles at the party. Netherlings do not find them amusing. The picture below is photo-shopped. Take my word. The tiniest of our kind have upon more than one occasion been chased by a stampede of bubbles. Rarely do they make it out unscathed. Most often they’re captured and taken on a wild ride until finally slamming into a tree branch or rock and ending up covered in sticky goo. Bouncing along without any control is not fun at all. *frowns* I speak from experience, as you’ll see when you read Unhinged. Let’s show a little compassion, shall we?
(Photo credit: Autumn Fairie by marcovdz)
DO hold your party in a large open area so your netherling guests might flutter about freely should they start to feel “spritely” (pun intended). *smirks* The more room we have to roam, the less prone we are to destructive tendencies. Although I’m not making any promises, either way.
(Photo credit: Fairy by Phil Kates)
DON’T expose netherlings to human children. The photo below is another fake, I assure you. Ever since The Alice Incident, my kind are very wary of those tiny versions of you. And if sympathy for our feelings isn’t enough of an incentive, there’s one thing more you should consider. There are those of our kind who prey upon children. If you’d like details, read Unhinged. For now, keep them put away. You don’t want to stir that witch’s pot.
(Photo credit: Fairies by Natalie Archer)
DON’T hold the party in a glass house. I beg of you. Enough netherlings have met their bloody demises crashing into car windshields. Let’s not add to the statistics, aye?
(Photo credit: Fairy by Flood G.)
DON’T decorate with fairy statues. You might find it charming, but if you’d seen as many netherlings turned to stone by territorial bridge trolls as we have, you’d change your point of view. It’s hard to enjoy oneself whilst staring at a garden ornament that looks suspiciously like Aunt Nettleplum who once crossed the wrong bridge and has been missing ever since.
(Photo credit: Fairy by Terry Long)
DO offer the comforts of home. These toad “stools” are not only a charming play on words, they’re reminiscent of our own realm, and offer a variety of sizes so anyone may sit comfortably. A comfy netherling is a happy netherling, and is less apt to cause mischief. Less apt meaning you might have a good half-hour before the mystical hijinks begin.
(Photo credit: Toad-stools Gushi Soda)
DO provide cupcakes. Everyone likes cupcakes. But please refrain from calling them fairy cakes. Bear in mind, as netherlings, we’ve had a fairy cake or two. Cupcakes are tasty, but they aren’t magical. They cannot change your size, or blossom to a field of sweet clover inside your mouth. Inevitably, you will offend one of us, and we’ll do more than call you on the mat for your gross exaggeration. Quite possibly, we’ll give you a taste of magic you’ll never forget. Consider this a friendly warning.
(Photo credit: Fairy Cakes by Eriko Nakagawa)
On that note, I have a sudden craving for some fairy cake, so I bid you farewell. *bows and transforms to a moth* *flutters away on a gust of wind*
Thank you Morpheus!
Tomorrow is our twelfth and final post. You’ll get to take a peek inside Butterfly Threads, talk tattoos with Persephone, and have a chance to win some awesome prizes.
Don’t miss out! Hope to see you there.
Alyssa Gardner has been down the rabbit hole and faced the bandersnatch. She saved the life of Jeb, the guy she loves, and escaped the machinations of the disturbingly seductive Morpheus and the vindictive Queen Red. Now all she has to do is graduate high school and make it through prom so she can attend the prestigious art school in London she’s always dreamed of.
That would be easier without her mother, freshly released from an asylum, acting overly protective and suspicious. And it would be much simpler if the mysterious Morpheus didn’t show up for school one day to tempt her with another dangerous quest in the dark, challenging Wonderland—where she (partly) belongs.
As prom and graduation creep closer, Alyssa juggles Morpheus’s unsettling presence in her real world with trying to tell Jeb the truth about a past he’s forgotten. Glimpses of Wonderland start to bleed through her art and into her world in very disturbing ways, and Morpheus warns that Queen Red won’t be far behind.
If Alyssa stays in the human realm, she could endanger Jeb, her parents, and everyone she loves. But if she steps through the rabbit hole again, she’ll face a deadly battle that could cost more than just her head.
Series: Splintered #2
Publication date: January 7, 2014
Publisher: Amulet Books
Formats: Hardcover, paperback
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About A.G. Howard
A.G. Howard was inspired to write SPLINTERED while working at a school library. She always wondered what would’ve happened had the subtle creepiness of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland taken center stage, and she hopes her darker and funkier tribute to Carroll will inspire readers to seek out the stories that won her heart as a child.
When she’s not writing, A.G.’s pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse.
Other Books in the Series
Title: SPLINTERED (Splintered #1)
Publication date: January 1, 2013
Publisher: Amulet Books
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook
Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.
When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family.
She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.
An original ebook-only novella in the Splintered series, told from the points of view of both Jeb and Morpheus. Morpheus wants to know more about his rival for Alyssa’s affections, so he digs into Jeb’s memories of his time in Wonderland. But he may be surprised by what he finds.
This brand-new story and perspective from A.G. Howard’s dark, magical world stands alone, but also provides a tantalizing glimpse of what’s to come in Unhinged, the sequel to Splintered.
ENSNARED (Splintered #3) – expected 2015 – GOODREADS
The very awesome publisher, Amulet Books, has offered up 12 ARCs of UNHINGED in this tour-wide giveaway – US ONLY.
Enter in the Rafflecopter below…
Oct. 21st – Stop #1 – Pages From My Thoughts
Oct. 22nd – Stop #2 – Fiction Freak
Oct. 23rd – Stop #3 – The White Unicorn
Oct. 24th – Stop #4 – Icey Books – Character Naming Contest
Oct. 25th – Stop #5 – The Cover Contessa
Oct. 26th – Stop #6 – BookHounds YA – Extra Giveaway
Oct. 28th – Stop #7 – Reading Teen
Oct. 29th – Stop #8 – Book Haven Extraordinaire – Extra Giveaway
Oct. 30th – Stop #9 – The Lifelong Bookworm
Oct. 31st – Stop #10 – Two Chicks on Books – Extra Giveaway
Nov. 1st – Stop #11 – Fiktshun
Nov. 2nd – Stop #12 – I Am A Reader, Not A Writer – Extra Giveaway